Friday, April 19, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Reflection:  Many of us are familiar with the miracles performed by Jesus during His time on earth, but we may be less aware of those performed by God through the Apostles.  We read about how these miracles became known “and many came to believe in the Lord.”  Our human nature still desires to see in order to believe.  God continues to bless our world with miracles and the knowledge of these miracles continues to draw more faithful to the Catholic Church.  While we may not all experience miracles as we read about in the Acts of the Apostles, we have all been blessed and touched by God’s presence in our lives.  If we share these experiences with others, those stories can bring others to God and the Catholic Church.

Reflection for younger saints:  Today we heard about two miracles performed by God through the Apostles.  They helped a paralyzed man to walk and brought a woman back to life.  God continues to work miracles in our world.  When we share those miracles with others they come to know and love God just as we do.

Big Picture:  Some must see in order to believe.

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What is a miracle?  (Something amazing that only God can do).  What miracles happened in today’s readings?  Do miracles still happen?
     Older saints:  Take a few minutes to research Eucharistic miracles.  Did you know miracles like this still take place?  Teach a younger sibling or a friend about what you learned about Eucharistic miracles.

Fun Fact:  Following the particular judgment (which takes place immediately after death), each one of us will either go to heaven, purgatory, or hell (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 70).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Marian (also known as Saint Marcian)
     What they are remembered for:  St. Marian embraced his post as the lowest ranked novice in his monastery with a joy that did not go un-noticed.  He had a special way with animals, as even the wild animals seemed to obey his commands.
     Feast day:  April 20
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